Alberto Gatto was born in Milano, Italy, in 1982. He received the M.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology both from the Politecnico di Milano in 2007 and 2011, respectively. He is now a research associate at the Optical Communication Laboratory of PoliCom, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB). From May 2013 to November 2014 he was a member of the Virgo team at the Laboratoire APC – Astroparticule et Cosmologie – Université Paris Diderot actively involved in the first observation of Gravitational Waves. There, he has contributed to realize a table-top Non-Gaussian Fabry-Perot Michelson interferometer for advanced Gravitational Wave detectors based on Laguerre-Gauss beams, evaluating it in terms of performance, stability and control issues. He has also contributed to experimentally demonstrate the application of a thermal compensation technique for correcting specific nm-scale mirror surface defects in Fabry-Perot cavities.
His current research interest include the analysis of innovative short-reach optical communication systems based on low-cost and low-energy-consumption sources (VCSELs, RSOAs) with advanced modulation schemes (QPSK, M-QAM, OFDM) and direct modulation/direct detection techniques, the evaluation of a novel optical front-haul architecture based on Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) for 5G applications and the analysis of properties of optical vortices in free-space optics and in multimode fiber transmission system for future mode division multiplexing systems.
He is co-author of more than 40 papers on international journals and conference proceedings and he is co-inventor of one patent on fiber-based mode division multiplexing systems.